The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday revealed the top three nominees for the Glo-CAF Awards 2009 at a press briefing in Accra, Ghana.
Ex-Black Stars defender Anthony Baffoe revealed the identity of the nominees for the various categories at the ceremony attended by Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and other sporting dignitaries
The flagship award, African Footballer of the Year 2009 has Ivorian striker, Didier Drogba, Ghana midfielder Michael Essien and Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto’o Fils as the contenders.
The top three for other categories namely; Best African Player on the continent, National Team of the Year, Club of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Coach of the Year were also revealed.
The winners of the respective categories will be announced at the Awards Gala fixed for March 11, 2010 at the Banquet Hall, State House, in Accra, Ghana.
This is the fifth time cellular giants Globacom is sponsoring the annual awards which seeks to reward distinguished football personalities for their performance during the year under review.
Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor picked the flagship prize at the 2008 Awards Gala held in Lagos, Nigeria last year.
Top Three nominees (alphabetical order)
African Footballer of the Year 2009
Didier Drogba (Chelsea and Cote d’Ivoire)
Michael Essien (Chelsea and Ghana)
Samuel Eto’o Fils (Inter Milan and Cameroon)
Best African player on the continent 2009
Uche Agba (Heartland FC and Nigeria)
Mputu Mabi (T.P. Mazembe and DR Congo)
Abdelmalek Ziaya (Entente Setif and Algeria)
National Team of the Year 2009
Club of the Year 2009
Heartland FC (Nigeria)
Stade Malien (Mali)
T.P. Mazembe (DR Congo)
Young Player of the Year 2009
Dominic Adiyiah (AC Milan and Ghana U-20)
Kermit Erasmus (Feyenoord and South Africa U-20)
Sani Emmanuel (Bodens BK and Nigeria U-17)
Coach of the Year 2009
Diego Garzitto (T.P. Mazembe)
John Obuh (Nigeria U-17)
Sellas Tetteh (Ghana U-20)